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History

Q. How was the Collaboratory formed?
In 2000 the Provost of Messiah College authorized the formation of the Collaboratory to organize longstanding co-curricular service projects under the leadership of several faculty members in the Department of Engineering. The Harsco Corporation awarded a lead grant to form the organization. Additional major funding by Leif and Carol Uptegrove in 2004 enabled the Dean of the School of Mathematics, Engineering and Business to expand the mission of the Collaboratory to serve the MEB School, and encourage broader campus collaboration. In 2010 a restructuring of the schools that make up Messiah College placed the Collaboratory in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. 
But the Collaboratory really began in 1996 as a single project under the name Dokimoi Ergatai.  This grew into multiple projects and needed organization with structures and services to promote quality, collaboration and resource sharing between multiple project activities. This organizational structure developed into the Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Messiah College. 
The idea of being Dokimoi Ergatai or "approved workers" for God speaks clearly to followers of Jesus, but the words themselves are difficult to pronounce and they do not communicate what we do to some off-campus partners who would understand "Collaboration", "Partnership", and "Applied Research". DE has experienced continual growth and change since its inception, a process that has brought us back to our early vision of connecting academics to Christian service in many disciplines. Although Dokimoi Ergatai is no longer an organization, it continues as the motivating principle for all that we do in the Collaboratory, and the heart of our Christian discipleship. 
Q. How will we use the words Dokimoi Ergatai (DE) in the Collaboratory?
Dokimoi Ergatai is our ethos, a phrase that expresses our desire to become God's approved workers, and it is the foundation of our core value statements. We have therefore made Dokimoi Ergatai the name of the Collaboratory newsletter, and the "DE" logo appears on numerous Collaboratory documents, and even our T-shirts, to remind us that we belong to God. Most Collaboratory participants also attend a weekly meeting, 6 PM on Monday nights in F110, for worship, discipleship, and community building. This is a time to reflect on and celebrate how God is teaching us to be his approved workers. 
Q. When are the main project work times for Collaboratory projects?
An evening work session following a weekly Collaboratory meeting will continue to be an important work time for Collaboratory Groups. The presence of many Groups at that time greatly facilitates Staff support and collaboration. Beginning in the Spring semester of 2007, however, a Group that is not able to meet on Monday night may choose to schedule another regular meeting time. All Groups should have a predetermined and regularly scheduled work time, to facilitate recruiting, the work of the Group, and access to the Group by others.
Q. How will for-credit participation affect project application?
Students participating in the Collaboratory through enrollment in a course (curriculum integration) will not be required to attend project meetings outside of class time; but neither does the class prevent Groups from scheduling work times apart from the class. Curriculum integration includes everything from a Group subcontracting work to a course project to Groups with a work time scheduled as a lab. For-credit participation will not affect student leadership in the Collaboratory. Leadership will continue to be service above and beyond course requirements. Also, Groups with a scheduled course-related work time may schedule other work times. Any student, moreover, may participate in a course-related work time even if not enrolled in the course.
The Department of Engineering's Integrated Projects Curriculum (IPC) is one example of curriculum integration. Beginning in the spring of 2007 the IPC will provide a Group Orientation course to equip engineering majors for work in on IPC-related Groups (Energy, Water, Transportation, Disability Services, and Communications) After that, beginning in the fall of 2007, the IPC-related Groups will have a lab section that engineering majors who have completed Group orientation can register for and get class credit for that work time. This will allow for a dedicated work time for the group to get work done during the day when advisors are available for the work. Any other work times, such as one following the weekly Collaboratory Meeting, are voluntary and scheduled at the discretion of the Group Leader and Team Managers. Students who have completed Group Orientation will have four semesters where they may earn credit. They may volunteer any semester at the discretion of Group leadership.
Q. Where is the organizational home of the Collaboratory?
The Collaboratory is a Department within the School of Science, Engineering and Health and is amenable to the Dean of the School. The Director of the Collaboratory reports to the Dean. 
Q. How are decisions made within the Collaboratory?
The Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Health, the Department Chairs, and the Director of the Collaboratory comprise an Executive Committee to oversee the organizational development of the Collaboratory. The Director, Student Director and Assistant Student Director provide executive leadership. They develop the organizational structure and programming of the Collaboratory. Daily operations are managed by the Group Advisors and Student Leaders who form a Leaders Committee. The Directors also serve as a Steering Committee for the Leaders' Committee. Through the Leaders' Committee all participants in Collaboratory programming, including those outside the School of Mathematics, Engineering and Business, have a voice in governance.
Q. Are faculty in the SEH School expected to participate in Collaboratory work?
The Collaboratory seeks to offer a compelling mission and vision that motivates considerable participation among educators, especially in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. While the resources of the Collaboratory are meant to encourage teaching, scholarship, and service projects that fall within the scope of its mission and vision, many worthy projects and expressions of faithfulness to Christ do not fall within the scope of its mission and vision. The existence of the Collaboratory in no way precludes students or educators from other worthwhile pursuits, and faculty members are free to earn term tenure and promotion through teaching assignments, scholarship projects, and service activities entirely apart from the Collaboratory.